It’s not a bad looking bike — at all. H‑D pitches to the youngsters. No blondes allowed?
A bit of French history, a pretty lady on a bike, and a Comiot tricycle.
Ralph Steadman illustrates Hunter Thompson on a Ducati. Perfect match.
The GSX 1100 designation has been with us for a very long time. This item from the 80’s is one of the reasons why.
From WSU. Why the nice guys get voted off the island. Proper title of the paper: “The Desire to Expel Unselfish Members from the Group”. Humans are so weird.
Point and click adventure games are always popular with the “I don’t wanna shoot more stuff” crowd. Mostly they’re based on various polygon rendering engines. But Cockroach is building some thing a little different. Clay and actual model making are used to create stop-motion sequences for The Dream Machine. A haunted apartment complex… and a game for grown ups. You can play a demo or sign up for the beta test of chapter one here.
Art, Images, and Design
I have a new comic in the RSS reader. Try this one with the flying car.
Humans make unintentional art by their actions. A collection of photographs of all of the contraband brought in to the USA via Kennedy International Airport from Nov 16 to Nov 20, 2009.
Food, visual puns, and nicely done letterpress work. Letterform does a series of sweet greeting cards.
We welcome our mysterious cat-head overlords? Um, demonic, teddy bears? I have no idea but it’s fun and goes well with too many lattes. (Video 0:57)
I am taken by the smart simplicity of the headlamp bracket and the matte black on the header pipes. Moto Guzzi.
Hell for Leather stops just short of accurately describing this latest promo video from Triumph. Listen to the voice over without watching the video. He’s not talking about a bike…
As penance for the previous content-free link, I bring you… Drags and Racing’s all dark Triumph Bonneville. I sat on a Bonneville last weekend… It fits. Drags and Racing website — in Italian,. NSFW nudity.
Girls on bikes. A little sweet for some of you but I’m charmed and it is a Laverda.
Boys on bikes. Same look and feel but a boy and a Honda.
If lasers create light in carefully controlled wavelengths what would an anti-laser do? Absorb light in carefully controlled wavelengths. Okay, I’m not smart enough to have come up with that but someone has. And now that the idea has been described there’s a race on to build one and to figure out what it’s useful for.
Words and Food
Working Wordsmith Alert. New CMoS. Sneak a peak at some of the shiny new rules and learn which of your old favorites they took out back and shot. (Chicago Manual of Style)
Nora Maynard discusses her top picks from the field of new drinkables offered at Tales of the Cocktail. I’m thinking that I’ll have to hunt down a bottle of the Cocchi Americano before summer ends.
Art, Images, and Design
- the dreamy summer edition
These are Jim Denevan’s tools. These are his images.
The children’s book illustrations of Igor Oleynokov. Fluid pastel worlds. The seascapes are especially enchanting.
Have I told you about Pooh Sticks? Maybe not. But that’s for another day, when there’s a weak autumn sun and nothing much to regret. Meanwhile here’s a summer version of playing with bits of wood and water. Little Drifters. Lenny makes other things out of flotsam and jetsam as well.
Beach scene, black and white perfection. (Mildly NSFW)
Dark Roast Blend — another huge collection of stuff — micro cars. There are some gems here as well as some laughs.
New car at the top of the wish list. Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Corto Touring Berlinetta. And why did I have to find this on That Will Buff Out?
The real scoop. Second car down in this thread (After the also desirable Bugatti)
xs650 custom — not quite perfect to my eye. I can’t put my finger on why. But that 3rd picture is gonna keep me up nights (sweat.)
xs650 street tracker. Nice balance of flash and purpose.
Wide angle shots of various cockpits. The blackbird will make your eyes cross and the hydrogen powered land-speed contender is about as simple as it gets.
Superimposing aerial photographs of the same bit of ground from different years (or decades) gives fascinating insights into how we grown into and out of our geography over time. There are some new photographs (1924) and maps available for NYC.
The mapping application at NYC’s GIS is sometimes overwhelmed but worth returning to. Click on the camera and then move the slider underneath for a choice of dates.
Some pointers form the WSJ about things you might want to be on the look out for while you’re cruising the maps.
3 videos for the new Lagoa physics modeling engine. (Sound)
Architecture and Toys
Anyone who has attempted to assemble one of the more complicated Lego models recently will remember cursing the horrible pictures only directions. It need not be so awful as these clever instructions for a building block set show. The text excerpts about educational theories are a bit more interesting than anything you’re likely to get to read today as well.
Art, Images, and Design
Somewhere in this collection of folk art cats published by Tara Books (India) is sure to the be the cat of your dreams/nightmares.
Stinkfish. Girl riding a bicycle.
It’s always something.
Morning Linkage lives at http://shinymagpie.net
(Confused) Transportation Options
A Smart Car monster truck. If anyone ever asks you to define the term twee oxymoron — show them this picture. Srlsy. And there’s video. More happily there’s a post over at Men’s Mentore about race car transporters from the 50’s. Lord, are these fabulous looking. An El Camino carrying an open wheel racer and a swoopy round haunched Mercedes with a fromula car on the back. Swoon. I needed a moto picture for this morning’s links so I went to the big bucket of transportation RSS feeds and there this was — right on the top
Literature and Culture.
It’s summer — we all need something to read at the beach. But how to choose a summer winner? Um, maybe ask the writer who penned your favorite book? William Gibson weighs in on sci-fi and Peter Cary gives you historical fiction, along with 4 others. Propaganda material of the ages is a rich source of visual inspiration. Meant to grab and jerk the viewer from a distance without much consideration for subtlety. Smashing gives us a look at 100 years of history and some of the best and worst examples. Judging the images and their effectiveness without considering the messages is an trying exercise in design mind.
Art, Images, and Design
Science Television is Gianmarco Magnani. A designer and print maker. His two current series of prints, Villains and Riders, and Forgotten Monarchy bring spot color and line work to the fore. Vaguely anime inspired, girls and motos. Can’t miss. Paper and paint mixed with bits of toy-train set world-building goods. Landscape through the eyes of Gregory Euclide. Danny St. (saint) takes pictures in Singapore. Street pictures that provide portraits of the people and place. This gallery gives some of the hundreds of wonderful images.
Group therapy for naughty little un-deads. Okay, it’s called Nosferatu Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. You figure it out.
Noisy, Smoky, Generally Bad
Bejamin Gudel (from a couple of days ago) has a nice new website. But you have got to seriously admire a guy who includes a link to this animated/audio-ated mess of a 2007 website. Healthy sense of humor, or morbid self flagellation. You make the call. (Moving parts, noise, and an obscene tattoo) NSFW
Tea drunk, links up, next … plumbing — urk.
Plywood paddler for the junior set. Funny how much the logo looks like Harley Davidson from a distance. Cute though.
1923 BMW factory floor. Lots more vintage in the Vintage Motorbikes Flickr pool but beware of bad captions, and wild ass guesses as to makes and models.
Scroll down once for hot girl in short skirt on a real rocket of a bike. And I love how the cape stays fully extended while she’s sitting still on the desk. Yeah — it’s a Japanese superhero toy. (SFW)
1937 Harley bobber. Another fab Danish builder, Customs from Jamesville.
Science and Technology
A look at what’s under Niagara Falls. In 1969 the Army Corps of Engineers stopped the water flow over the falls in order to be able to inspect and buttress up, if necessary, the rock face. In the comments look for Blatanville he’s got more info. Bitchin’ pics.
If you’ve got a stream with decent flow (7.5 ft/sec) you can have 500 watts of electricity from a device that weights 25 pounds. Very useful. (7.5 ft/sec is about 8 miles/hour — which is pretty fast for a big river but not so fast for a creek or stream.)
Testing structures and new designs for resistance to earthquakes at UNC’s Constructed Facilities Lab. Cruise the gallery for a look at current reasearch and projects. Lots of big (red) machines.
Art. Images, and Design
Creepy little hand-made character dolls. In that quaint Dickensian nightmare vein.
I’m claiming this is art. Scanning microscope images of the grooves in an LP. Images 2 and 3 look like the geography of memory.
These are hysterical. Old photos with modern goofy, think Cartoon Channel kid’s show, characters photoshopped in. Rellano de Mono from Chile. (His personal website is down. Not surprising. I hope he is safe.)
A friendly reminder that it’s not about the gear or the jargon or even the technical prowess, but the seeing. A mediation on what it means to be a professional (photographer) or an amateur. Applies to all artists.
that is all